Honey Creek (Big South Fork)


May 16, 2016
Back in the spring I offered to help plan a trip for @Janice in Big South Fork. I got so excited thinking about a loop down there that I decided I needed to revisit for at least one night, so...

I started up top at the East Rim Overlooking parking area since there had been recent flooding and I was worried that the Leatherwood Ford area would be shut. When I got down there, there were signs of high water but parking would have been no problem. Oh well, I had an extra couple miles of hiking, but they were good miles.

Mountain Laurels were blooming

I think this is Wild Geranium

Sweetshrub or Calycanthus, I've been told this is rare, I've only seen it in Big South Fork.

The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River

On the other JMT

Nice waterfall a couple miles into the hike

View from the O&W bridge

Jake's Falls

Pink Lady Slipper

Needles Eye or Hole in the Rock

Honey Creek Loop, the trail is a little wet in places

I got to the area I was planning on camping and found it already occupied. But they invited me to setup nearby and I ended up sharing their campfire and chatting for a couple hours.

Weird Rock in the river

I climbed up to see the Honey Creek Overlook. The last time I was here there was too much fog/rain to see anything.

Eastern Columbine


Honey Creek Falls

Different angle

Ice Castle Falls

Secluded Falls

View from an unofficial trail. I ended up chatting with a couple horse people here for a little bit.

And a couple hours later, I was back at my car. This was a great 30ish hour trip with just a few more people than I would normally prefer. Thanks for the inspiration @Janice


Dec 5, 2017
So glad you got to do this! I love mountain laurel and would have enjoyed seeing that. The other flowers, waterfalls, and scenery looked terrific. Maybe we'll get there next spring... :)


Dec 23, 2013
Beautiful pictures! I wonder what made that pattern on the rock?


Dec 5, 2017
My husband and I were trying to figure that out, too. Any chance the rock was concrete or something else human-made and the pattern is from a tire or something like that?


May 16, 2016
Definitely not concrete, I think it was sandstone. My first thought was bike tire, but it was a pretty big rock so not likely to be washed very far down the river. And while there were people living in the area years ago, the terrain is not really bike (or any tire) friendly. So no idea. If the rock had been smaller, I'd have been tempted to carry it out :)
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